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Legal Jargon Buster - Solicitor or Barrister?


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What's the difference between a Solicitor and a Barrister?

Traditionally, it relates to the right to appear in certain Courts.

In English law, there is a fundamental distinction between Barristers (also known as Counsel), who have rights to appear in every Court including the High Court and Crown Court, and Solicitors who have rights to appear in the lower Courts including the County Court and the Magistrates' Court.

Solicitor - a lawyer who is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.  Solicitors advise and represent clients on a wide range of legal issues including buying and selling houses, wills and family breakdown.  They also help businesses with the legal side of commercial transactions.

Barrister - a lawyer regulated by the Bar Standards Board, often specialising in Courtroom representation, drafting pleadings and expert legal opinions.


Written By: Feona L Horton

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